Govt. mulls raising pension limit to up to ₹10,000/month under APY


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 PFRDA Chairman Hemant G. Contractor said the proposal has been sent to the Finance Ministry with an aim to increase the subscriber base of APY

The government is considering a proposal to raise the pension limit under Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to up to ₹10,000 per month from the existing slab of up to ₹5,000, a top official said on Tuesday.

There is a need to increase the value of pension under APY, Madnesh Kumar Mishra, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services (DFS), said at a conference organised by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

“We have seen the proposal [sent by PFRDA] of increasing the pension value to [up to] ₹10,000 per month and it is under our active examination,” Mr. Mishra said on the sidelines of the event.

PFRDA Chairman Hemant G. Contractor said the proposal has been sent to the Finance Ministry with an aim to increase the subscriber base of APY.

“Currently, we have five slabs of pension from ₹1,000-5000 per month. There have been a lot of feedback from the market asking for higher pension amounts because many people feel that ₹5,000 at the age of 60 years, 20-30 years from now, will not be sufficient.

“We have placed this proposal with the government that it should be increased to up to ₹10,000,” Mr. Contractor said.

The PFRDA has sent two more proposals to the Ministry — auto enrolment for APY and raising the maximum age bar to enter the scheme to up to 50 years.

Currently, the age of entering APY is from 18-40 years but an increase in the same by another 10 years — from 18-50 years — will help in expanding the subscriber base, he added. The subscriber base of APY is 1.02 crore.

The PFRDA added about 50 lakh new subscribers under the scheme in 2017-18 and hopes to add another 60-70 lakh in the ongoing financial year, Mr. Contractor said.

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